Here’s a startling fact—Nearly 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ Americans have a substance use disorder (SUD), and 7.6 million LGBTQ+ people have both a mental illness and/or a SUD. Members of the LGBTQ+ community experience higher rates of SUDs compared to the population as a whole— approximately 20% compared to 9%, respectively.
Advancing recovery in the LGBTQ+ Community
- 37.6% of the LGBTQ+ community uses marijuana vs.16% of the general population
- 9% misuse opioids vs. 3% of the general community
Higher incidences of substance misuse is due in part to the obstacles and social stigma the LGBTQ+ population experiences. Members of the LGBTQ+ community have specific needs that must be addressed to promote successful outcomes in their addiction treatment. Therapy must address homophobia/transphobia, family problems, violence, social isolation, and being forced to live a “closeted” lifestyle.
Some common co-occurring disorders in the LGBTQ+ community can be:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Eating disorders
Profound Treatment offers LGBTQ+ specific, intensive programming at our Los Angeles based residential treatment center, and our experienced clinicians structure treatment processes accordingly.
Profound Treatment clinicians integrate the history of the LBGTQ+ community into education sessions – highlighting the ways complex feelings (i.e., guilt and shame) often play a substantial role in our clients’ addictions. Our LGBTQ+-trauma program focuses on the underlying conditions that lead to clients’ drug and alcohol use (e.g., discrimination or stigmatization based on sexual orientation, rejection or shame from family or friends after coming out, etc).
Profound Treatment clinicians have the experience and background to effectively treat the LGBTQ community. Whether the addiction is to illicit substances like methamphetamine, prescription drugs or alcohol, our clinical team will craft a personalized treatment plan that focuses on addressing the issues that members of the LGBTQ+ community often experience, helping them establish meaningful linkages to needed resources within the LGBTQ+ community.
We also offer several treatment modalities that have been shown to be effective for the LGBTQ+ community including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and motivational interviewing, just to name a few.
The journey to recovery is different for each person which is why Profound offers various levels of care–from Detox and our Inpatient Rehab Program, to our specialized programs that can provide clients with a little more flexibility or potentially teach new life skills.